Yes I said it. Our kids are at risk in America’s public schools. On Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida, a student shot and killed former classmates. So far 17 people are reported dead, 14 of whom are students. Fourteen families will not see their teenagers alive again. I can’t imagine the despair, the horror and heartbreak. The news is just breaking, so little information is out. But this school shooting like the ones before it, aren’t all that different.
How can this have happened is the question most people ask when a tragedy like this occurs. My response usually is how can it not? Have you seen what is going on in public schools today? It’s a godless, immoral, unethical, meaningless, violent and sexualized environment. But it doesn’t stop there. Our public schools are stock-filled with at-risk kids. Kids that have been raised in some form of government system or another.
Let’s start with the instant case. Nikolas Cruz (and his brother Zachary) were adopted by an older couple on the day Nikolas was born, by Linda and Roger Cruz. The kids had emotional issues. Nikolas’ adoptive mother died of pneumonia in November 2017, at the age of 68. Nikolas’ adoptive father died years ago of heart attack. The mother did her best to raise two boys on her own and to get him the help he needed, said a relative. The same relative said Nikolas had been diagnosed with autism; had issues and was taking medication.
Question 1- What medication was Nikolas on, if any?
We will not know the answer to what medication Nikolas was on until this investigation is completed, and if the results are released. However, the National Institute of Mental Health has reported that 56% of children and teens being treated for autism, depression, anxiety, hyperactivity and aggression are prescribed what are known as “chemical straightjackets meds.” While there is no medication proven to have any solid efficacy on the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors, aggressions and violent meltdowns, clinician continue prescribing these so-called chemical straightjackets more and more. Unfortunately, parents who are often confronted with the option of medicating their kids or removing them from regular school settings due to mental illness diagnosis, opt for medicating their children every time.
Question 2- Why aren’t there resources available to these at-risk kids?
I understand that there are thousands of cases throughout the country of these at-risk kids. We are putting billions of dollars into social programs that serve no purpose but to enable fraud and promote laziness; yet we cannot put funds into the assessment, designation and treatment of mentally ill Americans. The federal government spends $113B on illegal immigrants annually. Wrap your heads around that folks annually. Yet we have at risk Americans walking around without any form of assistance or treatment.
Question 3- Who are these people; are they mentally ill or just evil?
I have heard that crazy people do not have a lot of mental agility to organize this kind of event; but an evil person does. I am not sure I agree with that. Not all mentally ill people are evil, but evil people are also mentally ill. Again, there were red flags, even the FBI had a tip last year about this guy. Nikolas was throwing up red flags for years, and just like other mentally deranged people, those flags were overlooked. One thing these school shooters have in common is that they methodically planned and executed their attacks. We can’t judge people’s mental agility by their appearance, but you have to admit looking at these deranged individuals that shoot people for the sheer “exhilaration” of it, do not look like your average kid.
Question 4 – What did the FBI do?
Apparently, not much. The FBI was contacted by a Mississippi YouTuber who reported the video that Nikolas had posted about wanting to be a professional school shooter.
Information is coming out now about the background of this shooter. One thing Ive noticed is that every one of the shooters have a social media profile and are constantly posting their hatred, affiliations and intentions. The Parkland FL shooter, Nikolas de Jesus Cruz, was expelled from the Parkland school he shot up. The school would not allow Cruz to come to class with book bags. In fact, many of the kids who knew him said they predicted that Cruz would someday do something like this.
Question 5- Why did the school and district superintendent’s (Runcie) office not follow up with this individual and the red flags that he was waving?
For the most part, our state workers are complacent, lazy, do nothing-pay me blobs. There were warning signs, there were red flags, the school knew that Nikolas was dangerous. The students knew that Nikolas was dangerous. The FBI had a report that this kid was a posting about wanting to be a professional school shooter. He was expelled from the school, but Mr. Runcie’s district did nothing to follow up as to the status of this teen and any subsequent assistance he may have needed. So the system failed. Proving yet again that government is not the answer to the problems that afflict our communities.
Question 6- What can we do to prevent it in the future?
One of the reasons this is happening is because our young people are devoid of any moral, ethical and spiritual leadership. This starts at home. But the schools where our kids go to get an education, give no form of moral, ethical and spiritual curriculum. The Department of Education needs to inventory its curriculum and start to implement programs starting in the early years that promote moral, ethical and spiritual growth.
The quick answer to is to allow Law Enforcement Agencies to assess our schools for security risks and evaluate those at-risk kids and refer them for further mental health assistance. Children and Family Services need better funding so that home assessment of these at risk-kids and families can be made, and proper assistance provided.
Finally, we need armed law enforcement and/or retired military working at America’s school. There needs to be threat assessment and entry point vulnerabilities determined. While there was one security officer at the Parkland FL school, the campus and building is huge, and there are also 3,200 students.
Question 7 – How about more gun control?
Cars don’t cause accidents, knives don’t stab people and forks do not make you fat. I can put a loaded gun down on my kitchen table, and unless I pick up that gun and fire it, that gun will sit there forever if I let it. So let’s just set aside the gun control argument. Guns/knives are already banned in schools and schools are gun free zones. The problem is people hell bent on causing death and destruction could care less about gun-free zones and laws.
Another solution is to train and arm teachers. I understand that many teachers are nurturers, but unfortunately we live in a world where weakness will get you killed. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun, shoot him. There will not be gun control in America, Democrats must stop the fights. You sound as nuts as the shooters. It is our Constitutional right, and Americans are not about to give that up to government. Sorry. We can’t get rid of all evil people in America, but we sure can train to take them down when they show up to do us harm.
In the 1950s, schools actually had gun clubs; and part of the curriculum was shooting, firearm safety and use. It was common to see kids coming to school with their rifle bags slung over a shoulder, some keeping their rifles and shotguns in their locker. If you went out to the parking lot, high schoolers had their rifles hanging off the back window of their trucks. Car doors were not locked and keys were left in the cars. There were no school shootings back then, but there was prayer, patriotism, corporal punishment, kids were taught to respect their teachers and each other, parents were involved in their children’s lives and kids went to church on Sunday.
As parents, we have a strict responsibility to attend to our children. When our kids are having social issues and mental health problems, if we cannot deal with it at home, we have to seek out help. We must fight for our children, not throw our hands up and say oh well, here take this pill. I understand its taxing and most of the time both parents work or there are single parent environments, and adults have their own issues going on. But it is imperative that we instill morals, ethics and yes, spiritual growth, in our young people. Otherwise, we will continue to see these news events on television, more and more.
Until we confront this issue head on, our children will continue to be at risk in America’s public schools.